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Sebastian Vettel has hit back at Lewis Hamilton’s claims that Formula One has become boring and predictable as the German continues to dominate.
Vettel is closing in on his fourth world title and Hamilton compared his period of dominance to that of fellow countryman Michael Schumacher, who was almost impossible to beat in the 1990s.
However, speaking at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel hit back and says Schumacher and Ferrari were much more dominant in races.
“It’s very different,” he said. “There was one race in Singapore which was an exception, but if you take Korea the gap was between three and ten seconds for the whole race.
“If you look at ten years ago, the gap was thirty seconds – which is a big difference.”
Vettel is closing in on his fourth straight F1 world title and it could come as early as this weekend in Japan if he wins and Fernando Alonso, who is his closest challenger, finishes ninth or lower.
“Obviously it could happen,” acknowledged Vettel to Sky Sports News. “But it is not just dependent on us. We will try to do our bit and then we will see what happens.
“It would be very special to do it here. It’s a fantastic track and one of the tracks that I love the most. But our target is just to win the championship and not to win it in a particular place.”